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Finn, Tally and Tango all passed their American Temperament Society Certification tests today alongside some Belgian Malinois, a Casa De Filos(sp??), German Shepherds, Pit bulls, collies, Aussies etc. They get the "TT" title and a cool certificate, plus bragging rights with the police dogs.

I think GRF member Brady was there too somewhere(?). but earlier than us.

I am very proud of all three dogs, but especially Finn who knocked his score out of the ballpark. . .

It was a tougher test than I expected, with umbrellas suddenly opening and three 22 caliber pistol shots 15 feet away behind a blind, and an unfriendly stranger suddenly coming up ranting and gesturing. The dogs also had to walk on expens laid out on the ground and sheets of plastic etc. You couldn't talk to your dog or signal in any way. http://www.atts.org/testdesc.html

Out of curiousity, I checked K9data to see what other goldens had taken a TT test even though it's more for police, protection, herding, and working dogs. There are quite a few!

K9data- TT listed as a title: http://www.k9data.com/submitquery.aspThere are more too listed as honorifics rather than titles.

Lots of dogs didnt pass, and I dont blame them. There were lots of challenges!
 
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Hi Jill, yes we were there in the morning, and Brady passed and got his certification and TT also. Let's hear it for the goldens!!!! I saw you were scheduled in the afternoon and we were going to wait to see you, but my husband was developing a migraine from early morning and really needed to go home to rest by the time we were done. Congrats to all 3 of your pack!
 
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Awesome, Brady! We only saw one other golden( who did not pass), and it is great to hear you did well. Did you see any goldens? Tango did NOT like walking on the ex pen for some reason, but she did it. A rottie in front of us failed for not walking on that expen, so I thought we were doomed, but she pulled herself together. Tally loved the whole thing and was perfect, but stayed at heel of his own volition most of the time rather than going out to investigate the unfriendly stranger. Finn walked out to each person wagging a mile a minute and wagged at the rocks in the bucket, wagged at the umbrella, and just looked for the duck when he heard the shots- he was expecting to fetch and it was funny. Were any things hard/easy for Brady?
 

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Congratulations! I read the test online and it sounds quite involved. I suspect Tito would fail the protective/aggressive stranger parts if they are looking for the dog to protect you, as he'd just wag his tail happily and figure it was a new friend.
 

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Congrats to your three who all have wonderful normal golden temperaments!


I think Selka would do fine with it but Gunner would freak at the gunshot and I wonder about some of the other weird stuff. I never know with him what will make him anxious. It's interesting that as a puppy when we did the puppy tests with loud noise (shaking a can of rocks) he was fine.
 

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It was definitely far more intense than the CGC, but it did not involve the aspect of interacting with other dogs.

Tally received the top score possible, Finn a high score, and Tango the average score.

Tally was able to discern between friendly strangers who he greeted with wags and kisses, and the threatening stranger who caused him to move his body between me and the weird, angry person and stand at attention- no growls, no fight nor flight, but no wags either.

Finn wagged just as much for the threatening stranger as the friendly one. He was utterly confident that if he went and investigated, all would be well. His choice was to proactively seek out the stranger.

Tango could tell the difference, but she was not protective of me. She also gave wags to the friendly strangers, but when confronted by the threatening person, she chose to come to heel position and sat calmly sniffing and tilting her head to listen, and occasionally looking up at me. She wasnt nervous, but she didn't feel responsible for handling the situation either. Three very different reactions!
 

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Congratulations !! All 3 passing such a tough test is outstanding! Did they get steaks <grins>?
 

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Congrats to all of you guys! I have never even heard of the title! You learn something new every day, I guess. ;)
 

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So Copley is finally old enough to take the ATTS test, and I am confident he won't have trouble with it. However, I rarely hear of other goldens taking it.
 

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Congrats on what sounds like a very neat test.. Hope they all got special treats!
 

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Congrats on all 3 of your dogs passing that test. Way to go!!!

I am going to start checking and see where I can do that test with BaWaaJige. I think he would pass too.
 

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Congratulations! I read the test online and it sounds quite involved. I suspect Tito would fail the protective/aggressive stranger parts if they are looking for the dog to protect you, as he'd just wag his tail happily and figure it was a new friend.
They have different standards for different breeds. It's totally acceptable for a golden to wag at the "aggressive" stranger. I believe they just aren't supposed to hide behind you. A GSD on the other hand would be expected to show some protectiveness.

I did the test with Ruby a few years back and it was a lot of fun. I will have to see if there is a local test to take Piper to.
 
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